How to Extend Your Summer in Squamish
How to Extend Your Summer in Squamish
Summer doesn't have to end when the kids go back to school. Extend your summer in Squamish and squeeze in a few more adventures to end your season on a high note.
Maximize your time on the water
Whitewater rafting on the Elaho-Squamish River | Photo: Squamish Rafting
Paddle through the waters of Squamish. Stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals are available throughout September. We recommend putting in at the Mamquam Blind Channel and paddling out into Howe Sound for views of the Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls for a fun half-day activity. Or, prepare to get wet and depart on a whitewater rafting tour with Canadian Outback Rafting or Squamish Rafting Company. Rafting tours supply layers of warm gear so you can stay comfortable rain or shine. After your exciting day cozy up by the base camp firepit and make the most of the summer sun!
Fishing in Squamish | Photo: @tmphoto604
September is a Squamish locals favourite time to reel in a good catch. The salmon have already started to arrive, and there are lots of opportunities for Bull, Cutthroat and Rainbow trout. Head over to the Mamqaum and Squamish River confluence where you are sure to spot other anglers casting their lines. Or book a guided trip with Trout Country Fishing Guides or Valley Fishing Guides to discover the best secret spots.
Hiking in the Tantalus Range | Photo: Chris Christie
Start early or plan for a sunset hike to one of Squamish's signature sweet spots, popular hiking trails such as the Stawamus Chief, Crooked Falls or Elfin Lakes are stunning destinations to wrap up your summer hiking season. Dress in layers and have your cameras ready, September weather if full of dramatic skies and the full spectrum of colours.
Mountain Biking in the Diamond Head Zone | Photo: @danielomearaa
Cooler temperatures and tackier trails make late summer mountain biking an even better experience. Browse our local mountain bike trails or leave your map at home and book a trail guide to show you the ropes. Tours are available through Dialed In Cycling, RideBC, RideHub and Sea to Sky Adventure Company. Looking for an easier bike day out? E-bike tours are available through Blazing Saddles Adventures.
Summer 2019's Raspberry Sour Release | Photo: Backcountry Brewing
Don't miss the opportunity to sample some of the signature summer sippers that were released in Squamish this season. From a limited edition Rasberry Sour at Backcountry Brewing to the game-changing summer menu at Gillespie's Fine Spirits there are plenty of refreshments to be tried. Browse our list of the best drinks of the summer and be sure to pick up a Squamish Craft Tasting Trail Passport from the Squamish Adventure Centre and get sampling! Collect stamps from 3 or more makers and win a prize for your efforts!
Lake Lovely Water from the Skies | Photo: Sea to Sky Air
Known for our immaculate teal blue alpine lakes, seeing Squamish from the skies is a once in a lifetime experience. Sneak a peek at the alpine lakes and soak up all the colours of summer before they disappear for the season. Flightseeing tours can be booked through Glacier Air, Sea to Sky Air, Blackcomb Helicopters or Black Tusk Helicopters. Sightseers can also experience a lake landing in the emerald green waters of Phantom Lake on a floatplane tour or floatplane fishing trip with Sea to Sky Air, available until mid-October!
Quiet days at the course | Photo: Squamish Valley Golf Course
Seize the moment and pull out your clubs for one last round in Squamish. Maybe you've been practicing and want to put your skills to the test, or maybe you're a little rusty and want to squeeze in some more practice. No matter your intention, the immaculate views, exceeds expectations dining and crisp, comfortable temperatures will leave you with a sense of satisfaction. Choose from an oceanside golf experience at Furry Creek Golf and Country Club or play a round surrounded by five stunning lakes at Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club.
Rock climbing at the Smoke Bluffs | Photo: @hannahvanwerkhoven
Globally recognized as one of the best rock climbing destinations, September is a popular month for rock climbers. As the temperatures begin to drop the already grippy granite gets grippier making for an extra fun experience. Rock climbing tours and private lessons are available through Altus Mountain Guides, Canada West Mountain School, Mountains Skills Academy & Adventures and Squamish Rock Guides.
Locals Tip: Family-friendly tours are available through Mountains Skills Academy & Adventures.